Colorful Bathroom Plans- One Room Challenge Week 1

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3rd Floor Bathroom Vision

vision for colorful third floor bathroom

I blame Siri for this, but apparently it’s October. Specifically October 4! Which means… another round of the incomparable One Room Challenge! To get you all up to speed… here’s the deal. Linda from Calling It Home started this lark and it’s a chance for DIY/ Decor bloggers to makeover an ENTIRE room during a 6-week stretch and link up each week to share their progress! It can be both overwhelming and motivating and its so fun to see what everyone chooses to take on! I’m planning to take on our 3rd floor bathroom!

3rd floor bathroom makeover

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Our third floor is a converted attic that we use for a guest room. There’s probably someone sleeping up there 21 nights a year so it’s hardly a busy spot, but as you can see, the bathroom is dated-amundo.

third floor guestroom gallery wall

Our budget for this makeover is about $5. In a Publisher’s Clearing House world, I’d pull out the shower, re-tile the floor, move around a wall or two and bang out a skylight. But since no giant checks are lurking and our historic district commission won’t allow skylights, here’s my plan.

1. Wallpaper.

Yep. Big bright bold. These are all different ones from Spoonflower that I loved… Thoughts?

spoonflower wallpaper options

2. Lighting.

I’m not sure I could find a more dated light fixture if I tried, so bye bye light… I’m torn between these lovelies from Lamps Plus… which do you like????

bathroom lamp options

3. That floor.

For a hot second, I considered tile. But then I realized that I’d have to maneuver the baseboard heaters, the toilet, the subfloor… at the time of publication, I’m thinking I’ll just paint it. But I have 5 weeks to change my mind so don’t hold me to this.

before images of ORC bathroom

4. Styling!

The space needs a better table and some artwork and linens, etc. That’s the easy part of any room makeover, so stay tuned for all of this!

bathroom vanity for ORC

I mocked up a couple different spaces! The first is up top, and the second is below!

Vision Board for colorful bathroom update

Which would you choose? Are you participating or following along or just eating your cookie dough without a care in the world?! No judgment here… this is safe space and all are welcome. Ha! Make sure to click around and visit all the other talented bloggers!



one room challenge design boards for the guest bathroom

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  1. This is an exciting project! Probably a mix of excitement and anxiety for you with such a quick deadline. I love the direction you’re going in. The first option for lighting is breathtaking. I’d love to use that myself! For wallpaper, b/c of my love for that lighting, I’m leaning towards option 7 or 11. They’re eye-catching but the colors are soft enough for the lighting to stand out, and still busy enough to keep the floor neutral. I just like window shopping!

  2. Oh my goodness, the wallpaper struggle is real!!!! i have found “the one” like a hundred times for my powder room. finally just placed an order today so there is no going back! but it’s so hard to commit! good luck…this looks like it’s going to be a fun one. oh, and your attic guest room is seriously darling.

  3. I really love those Wallpapers!! They completely drew me in to look at your ORC PLAN. The two you have featured #10 and #11 are my favorites but SOMETHING about #7 calls to me too. I am also doing a guest bath this round, Good Luck 🙂

  4. Ooh, I want to come stay at your place – that third floor space is so dreamy! I can’t wait to see what you do with the bathroom. My vote is for tile – go big or go home! 😉

    1. Well… good news/ bad news… the 1st and 3rd lights are technically sconces, so they only work with like 20 watt light bulbs. Probably would be enough with the 4 of them, but I didn’t want to risk it. Good news… I AM using one of those wallpapers. 😉 xx

  5. Hehehe! I’m chuckling here to myself because I follow your blog anyway and had been planning to check in to see if you were doing the orc this time around, but first I decided to stop by the general page for a browse. I opened any one that I liked the moodboard in the thumbnail … and one of them brought me here! After seeing your master bath transformation, I can’t wait to see what you do with this one. FWIW, I like wallpaper #11 and light fixture #3. I’m taking part in the orc for the third time – this time I’m creating a library room in our house.

    1. Thanks, Norma!!! It’s so funny… I was JUST looking at your amazing laundry room floors as inspo for a feature in this space. 😉 Can’t wait to see what you come up with for the ORC this time! xx

  6. Ohhhh, I love the bright colors in your inspiration photos and I can’t wait to see which wall paper you pick! I like #11 with the birds!